Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services

Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has been servicing the needs of the real estate industry since 1992. The firm's extensive trial experience and reputation for courtroom excellence create the leverage necessary to obtain cost effective results in courtrooms and conference rooms. By pairing senior litigators with skilled associates, the firm assists real estate clients in achieving their goals in many areas, including:
Litigation and Loan Workouts: Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represents a variety of lenders in routine and complex foreclosure proceedings, loan workouts and other real estate disputes across the Midwest. In the wake of the credit crisis, the firm formed a “Tiger Team” of young aggressive lawyers that represent lenders and other creditors in all types of contested real estate related litigation. In addition, the firm is experienced in handling forbearance agreements, consent foreclosures, lease enforcement, eviction, deeds in lieu of foreclosure, bankruptcy proceedings, mechanics liens, and creditors’ rights matters. 

Real Estate Transactions and Closings:
Firm attorneys negotiate, facilitate, and execute all types of real estate transactions. From purchase and sale agreements, property management contracts, lease agreements, and loan purchase agreements to closings, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP provides practical advice, identifies risks, develops strategies, and overcomes hurdles throughout the real estate transaction. Attorneys at the firm have vast experience in the acquisition and disposition of commercial, retail, industrial and residential property. Most importantly, they drive deals to the finish line. 

Landlord-Tenant Disputes:
 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represents commercial landlords and property managers in a wide array of tenant-related disputes. Forcible entry and detainer, CAM fights and easement disputes are routinely and efficiently resolved on behalf of clients. Whether working for the largest property management companies in Illinois or the owners of a single building, firm attorneys work closely with clients to identify client goals and maximize client recovery. They are active members in area industry groups such as the Institute of Real Estate Management and frequently lecture on landlord-tenant matters.

Zoning, Development and Land Use:
The firm represents land developers, lending institutions and units of local government in the frequently collaborative, but occasionally combative areas of land development and land use, including zoning, annexation, planned developments and condemnation matters. Firm attorneys have substantial experience in negotiating and drafting annexation and development agreements, which help to assure that clients can develop their property in a time and cost-efficient manner that is consistent with their goals. Through close consultation with clients, members of the Real Estate Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group guide clients through the often challenging development process before zoning and legislative bodies and, when necessary, through the litigation that ensues from this process.

Condominium and Homeowners Associations:
The firm represents property managers, condominium and homeowners association boards in the myriad and diverse legal problems they may confront. From simple enforcement of dues to more complicated evictions due to criminal conduct, the firm’s litigation expertise is brought to bear to assist our clients. 


Chicago, December 16, 2019
Lateral Partner Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Commercial Litigation Practice
Harkness focuses his practice on commercial litigation, manufacturing disputes, partnership and membership disputes, class action defense, intellectual property litigation, and real estate litigation.

Chicago, April 16, 2018
Kincaid Speaks to Illinois Association of County Zoning Officials
Kincaid spoke at the Illinois Association of County Zoning Officials Spring Conference at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.

Chicago, March 22, 2018
Kincaid Speaks at DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal Symposium
This year's symposium focuses on "Lending & Litigating: A Look into Chicago's Commercial Real Estate Market."

Chicago, October 2, 2017
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Continued Growth
In recognition of its 25th anniversary year, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has made a monthly donation to a non-profit with whom the firm has a strong relationship.

Chicago, April 20, 2016
Skiko, Keating, Kincaid Provide Update on Medical Marijuana in Property Management
As part of a panel moderated by partner Joseph P. Kincaid, Keating and Skiko discussed the implications of medical marijuana on real estate.

Chicago, January 12, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Clyder and Haddox practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office, while Henne practices in the firm’s Libertyville office.

Chicago, September 22, 2015
Kincaid, Murray and Becker Speak at ISBA Commercial Banking CLE
They spoke on both "Fraudulent Transfers, Successor Liability, Alter Ego, and Veil Piercing" and Judgment Enforcement against a Member in an LLC."

Chicago, August 4, 2015
McCaskey Named to DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee
He will serve in the role for 2015-2016.

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Chicago, May 5, 2015
McCaskey Elected to Board of Directors for Non-Resident Lawyer Division of State Bar of Wisconsin
The Nonresident Lawyers Division provides nonresident members opportunities for participation in the governance of the State Bar.

Libertyville, April 21, 2015
Goles Provides FOIA Overview to Lake County Government Officials
Goles is presenting at a Lake County Bar Association seminar on "Laws Every Local Government Official Needs to Know."

Chicago, April 2, 2015
Medical Marijuana in Property Management Discussed at Kincaid, Skiko, Keating Presentation
The three attorneys will discuss the implications of medical marijuana on real estate.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

Libertyville, April 24, 2013
Pardys, Goles Present at Seminar for Local Government Officials
Pardys and Goles will address FOIA and The Gift Ban during their presentation.

Libertyville, August 24, 2012
Seminar Addresses Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
Goles is a member of the firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Construction Litigation Practice Groups.

Chicago, October 27, 2011
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All are associates in the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, August 18, 2011
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Quotes Kincaid on Inland Real Estate GC Brooks
Joseph P. Kincaid was quoted on his attorney-client relationship with Inland Real Estate Corp. General Counsel Beth Sprecher Brooks.

Chicago, August 2, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Rewrite Creditors Rights Chapter for IICLE
Rewritten by four Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys, the IICLE Chapter focuses on equitable remedies.

Chicago, June 28, 2011
Kincaid Presents at IICLE Debt Collection Webinar
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorney gives two presentations during webinar.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 27, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has recently added two associates to the firm’s Chicago and Libertyville, Ill. offices.

Libertyville, May 21, 2010
Goles and Terselic to Provide "Landlord-Tenant Law Update" at CLE Seminar
The Libertyville partners will speak on Landlord-Tenant Law in Schaumburg, Ill.

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